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30.04.2014 - What must be done to reduce tensions in Ukraine (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

The situation in Ukraine is tense, though there are signs of diplomatic progress. At the Geneva meeting on April 17, Russia, the US, the EU and the Kiev authorities agreed principles that, if implemented, may lead to de-escalation.


09.04.2014 - On federalism, Ukraine, rhetoric and accountability (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

The issue of federalism has become a focal point in the international effort to settle the Ukrainian crises. It started with the EU ill-conceived attempt at solf-landing Ukraine unilaterally into a more positive and sustainable future, presumably, for common good. I’d like to cite two examples of the softening power of federalism.


08.04.2014 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the opening of Russia's stand at the London Book Fair-2014

Ladies and Gentlemen! I am delighted to welcome you to the London Book Fair-2014.


03.04.2014 - Why Ukraine needs a new constitution fair to all (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

The current situation in Ukraine is nothing short of a deep social and political crisis. Severe tensions have been unleashed in the country provoked by the leaders of Maidan, a small group of people driven by extremist ideology and intolerance; these tensions threaten the future of Ukraine as a modern democratic European nation.


22.03.2014 - Libya impasse: urgent measures needed (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

Critical situation unfolding in Libya remains a matter of serious concern.


17.03.2014 - TRUE STORY ABOUT PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park.


17.03.2014 - PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park. The Paralympic flag was handed over to the organizers of the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, who staged a brief show featuring traditional dance and calligraphy. The Sochi Games featured 72 medal events in five sports, the highest number for any Winter Paralympics to date. Around 325,000 tickets were sold for the Sochi Paralympics, organizers said earlier in the day. That is around 90,000 more than the Winter Games record set in Vancouver in 2010. Russia topped the final standings, winning a total of 80 Winter Paralympic medals, more than any country in history. Paralympic athletes have been getting a lot of coverage. It will be no exaggeration to say that Paralympic athletes are more than simply sportspeople, and in addition to their mission in sports they play an important social role too. President Vladimir Putin said, while congratulating sportsmen, that it is impossible to list all achievements made and all brilliant performances at the Paralympics. He called all members of Russian Paralympics team “heroes and certainly heroes of sport”. For everyone in Russia it is the great honor that our athletes gave us the best overall team result not only in the history of Russia’s Paralympic teams, but in the history of all national teams for as long as the Paralympics have been held. International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven declared the Sochi Games as the best Paralympic Winter Games ever. One of the most important thing is that Paralympic Games hugely advanced the effort to create a barrier-free environment in Russia. The Games are over, but the work in this field will continue throughout our vast country. Good result. The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park.


08.03.2014 - UKRAINIAN CRISIS: ROOT CAUSES AND BLAME GAME (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK )

The scale of the Ukrainian crisis eclipsed a fundamental issue of who and why provoked it.


27.02.2014 - Remarks by Ambassador A.Yakovenko at the reception on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition of The Orenburg Shawl

I am delighted to welcome you to this unique exhibition. It is held within the framework of the Russian-British Year of Culture which was officially launched on 24 February at a ceremony in Parliament and with a concert by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.


26.02.2014 - Reinvigorating, Refreshing and Reviving Relations With the UK-Russia Year of Culture (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Huffington Post)

Two weeks ago, an estimated three billion people around the world tuned in to watch the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.


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